Ruslan Pedan, a defenseman for the Janesville Jets
of the North Amercian Hockey League (NAHL), has accepted an
NCAA Division I scholarship offer to play hockey at Bemidji State
University in Minnesota. It is anticipated that Pedan will enroll and
start playing hockey in the 2013-14 academic year.
Pedan will be joining current Jets forward Jason Ford playing college
hockey at Bemidji State University. The Bemidji State Beavers
currently play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA)
In 18 games this season for the Jets, Pedan (6'1", 175 lbs) is tied
for second on the Jets scoring leader-board with 12 points (4 goals, 8
assists). (Please see attached action photo of Ruslan Pedan.) In last
Friday's 3-1 victory over the Coulee Region Chill, Pedan was involved in
every Jets goal, scoring on a power play and assisting on the other two
Ruslan is originally from Moscow, Russia, and moved to the United
States almost three years ago to live out his dream of playing college
hockey. After a stint two seasons ago in Long Island, Pedan played last
season with the NAHL's Springfield Jr. Blues under Coach Joe Dibble.
Pedan followed Coach Dibble to Janesville.
"This scholarship is what I have been thinking about and waiting for
the last three years," said Pedan. "Bemidji State has a great hockey
program and I am very excited to be going there."
"Ruslan is a player that comes to the rink everyday with a purpose
and a great attitude," stated Jets Head Coach Joe Dibble. "He deserves
every positive that comes his way in hockey. We are very proud of
Ruslan for this accomplishment. To see everything he has worked so hard
for come true is very fun to watch. Bemidji is getting a great young
man, that is going to bring a lot of excitement to their game and a
model citizen to their community."
Other present and past Janesville Jets players to commit to Division 1
hockey schools include Zach Diamantoni (Northern Michigan), Jason Ford
(Bemidji State University), Garrett Cecere (Colorado College), Alec
McCrea (Harvard), Ross Mauermann (Providence), Larkin Jacobson
(University of Denver) and Rui Encarnacao (University of Connecticut).
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